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    as above,its all rather new to me as ive always ended up with a fixed one on my tonearms.
    my pioneer uses detachable one,they say this about it,
    A magnesium alloy which is not only lightweight but also displays sufficient rigidity and internal loss is used for the headshell in order to eliminate resonance.

    so chaps do i need to look elsewhere or is this classed as good? i'll be buggered if i know lol.
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers ,Pioneer PLC-590 turntable,Pioneer PA-5000,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,Zeta tonearms,Denon 103SA Cartridge's,Denon HA-500 Head Amp, John Wood KT88 Valve Amp,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    as above,its all rather new to me as ive always ended up with a fixed one on my tonearms.
    my pioneer uses detachable one,they say this about it,
    A magnesium alloy which is not only lightweight but also displays sufficient rigidity and internal loss is used for the headshell in order to eliminate resonance.

    so chaps do i need to look elsewhere or is this classed as good? i'll be buggered if i know lol.
    There's gonna be huge opinion on this but my experience is Magnesium beats, Alu & Wood. I haven't tried any "High end" head shells but I probably won't either.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables Throughout
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Rigidity and low mass are the two main goals of a headshell in general. Most MC cartridges are less desirous of low mass, in which case the emphasis can be rigidity. Conversely, a MM cartridge such as a Shure V15 tracked at say one gram will be looking for low mass as it's prime need.

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    What makes a good headshell - Depends on how much you want from it.........

    For me:

    Anti resonant
    Rigidity
    Weight (It should suit your application / requirement in terms of compliance / resonance
    Adjustment - some dont have any, little or plenty - I know which I choose to have and go for

    Magnesium is my prefered choice in terms of material coupled with the above
    My System:
    Amplification - Sansui AU-alpha 707 DR
    Turntable - Modified Technics SL1210 MK5G
    Mike New precision bearing, bearing base plate, ETP Platter
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    Ortofon Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge
    Yannis Tome 423.5 Silver-Litz tonearm cable with KLEI Pure Silver Harmony plugs
    Ebony armboard
    Audio Technica MS-8 Magnesium headshell, Ortofon pure silver headshell leads
    Isonoe Isolation Feet
    Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules), DCSXL pure-silver DC lead with Jaegar low impedance connector
    CDP - Pioneer PD-91
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    QED Silver Spiral speaker cable, Airlock plugs - bare wire amp end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    my experience is Magnesium beats, Alu & Wood. I haven't tried any "High end" head shells but I probably won't either.
    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieGong View Post

    Magnesium is my prefered choice in terms of material coupled with the above
    sweet as,so far. it would seem im in good company
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers ,Pioneer PLC-590 turntable,Pioneer PA-5000,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,Zeta tonearms,Denon 103SA Cartridge's,Denon HA-500 Head Amp, John Wood KT88 Valve Amp,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    sweet as,so far. it would seem im in good company
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables Throughout
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Detachable headshell = a stable of carts at your disposal
    Sony STR 6055 Denon DP80 Stax UA-70 Shure Ultra 500 Zu omen Decca C4E currently in residence

    Office system, DIY CSS fullrange speakers with aurum cantus G2 ribbons Najda dsp as dac Akai AM-U02 Jvc QL-A51 direct drive turntable
    SAE1000LT leema sub. JVC Z4S cart is in the house

    Garage system another Sony receiver, cassette deck and full range drivers in free air


    System components are subject to change without warning and at the discretion of the owner.

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    tell me about it,ive already got 2 on their way to me lol
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers ,Pioneer PLC-590 turntable,Pioneer PA-5000,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,Zeta tonearms,Denon 103SA Cartridge's,Denon HA-500 Head Amp, John Wood KT88 Valve Amp,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Tonearm mass is very important. But like the other guys I prefer Magnesium. It ticks all the boxes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by REXTON View Post
    Tonearm mass is very important. But like the other guys I prefer Magnesium. It ticks all the boxes.
    It's all about cartridge compliance and overall mass. All but the cheapest most rubbishy headshells are sufficiently rigid. As stated above if you want to run a Shure V15 on a low mass arm then you might as well keep the theme going with a featherweight headshell. I perfer low compliance cartridges and heavy arms and my favourite headshells are the Fidelity Research FR-S3, and the Ikeda IS-2 - the main reason being is that both are around 20g, very rigid, adjustable (in the S3 the cartridge bolts into a sled, in the Ikeda, cartridge position, headshell length and azumuth are all adjustable) and it's then easy to get to a SPU-standard 32g with your typical 10g cartridge (and we weight or two if needed).

    I don't think material matters very much, if at all, except in its contribution to overall mass.

    Funnily enough for all my love of SPUs I've never been convinced that the SPU headshell is necessarily an ideal tool for getting the best out of the cartridges - they can can have resonance issues and my Royal N usually sounds best in a standard headshell (the F3 in particular does a great job with it). There are different in different eras so they aren't all the same .. they do look cool though which has got to be part of the equation however much we deny it.



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